Slateford [2nd]

Location type


Name and dates

Slateford [2nd] (1853-1871)

Note: text in square brackets is added for clarity and was not part of the location's name.

Opened on the Redford Barracks Branch (Caledonian Railway).
Opened on the Gorgie Cattle Market Branch (Caledonian Railway).
Opened on the Caledonian Railway.


This two platform station was west of the present Slateford station. It was just east of the Slateford Viaduct.

The goods yard was on the south side of the station, it was approached from the west. The station signal box was in the goods yard at the west end of the station.

The goods yard survived the closure of the station in 1871, the passenger station being replaced by Slateford just to the east over Slateford Road.

The east end of the site was the starting point of the Redford Barracks Branch (Caledonian Railway), a substancial but temporary railway opened for construction of the barracks. It was approached from the west and ran south to the barracks.

The signal box was replaced in 1910 with the opening of the Gorgie Cattle Market [CR] branch. The box was reduced to a ground frame in 1955 and survived until 1960 when it was replaced by the new box at Slateford Junction to the east.

This was the second station to be called Slateford as Kingsknowe station was originally called Slateford [1st].




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